Zee Media Bureau/Manisha Singh
New Delhi: Bihar BJP leader took a dig at RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar by calling them `Santa-Banta` of Bihar.
Former Bihar minister and newly elected MP from Nawada, posted on the micro-blogging site Twitter - “Lalu and Nitish are Santa-Banta of Bihar... Together they look more foolish than a politician.”
Lalu n Nitish are "Santa Banta" of Bihar ..together they look more foolish than a politician
— Giriraj Singh (@girirajsinghbjp) June 22, 2014
Santa-Banta are two characters around whom jokes have been created for years now.
Lalu`s party recently supported two candidates of Nitish`s JD(U) in the Rajya Sabha bypolls. He had said that he was supporting JD(U) nominees in order to defeat communal forces.
Both the candidates, Pawan Varma and Gulam Rasool Balyawi, won the polls from Bihar.
Nitish had then `welcomed` the move by Lalu to support the candidates of his party.
It was Nitish who had made the first move and sought support from Lalu for the bypolls for the Upper House.
Lalu and Nitish have been rivals for years now, both vying to consolidate their place in the politics of Bihar. Whereas Lalu ruled Bihar from 1990 to 2005, Nitish along with ally BJP came to power in 2005 mainly on the plank of criminalisation of politics, mis-governance and non-development by the RJD in the state.
The NDA again came back to power in 2010 and Nitish became the CM for the second time. However, due to Narendra Modi`s ascendency in the party, Nitish broke his 17 year-old alliance with the BJP last year.
And after the JD(U) got a drubbing in the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls ending up with only two seats in the state, Nitish resigned as CM talking moral responsibility.
On the other hand BJP and its allies won more than 30 seats in the state. Bihar has 40 Lok Sabha seats.
Nitish confidant Jitan Manjhi was then sworn as the CM. The RJD had supported the government even then during a vote of confidence in the state Assembly.